My child won't nap

Many parents look forward to the time when their child doesn't need a nap anymore because instead of a much needed break in the middle of the day, child's nap (or absence thereof) has become a source of constant frustration.

Most children need to sleep during the day well into their third year of life. However, individual differences here are quite substantial. In some countries children nap until later age, but tend to go to bed very late in the evening. In other countries, children are put to bed early, and the long night's sleep makes them drop the nap earlier. The  individual need for daytime sleep varies quite substantially as well. Some children can do with 30 minutes; others need 2,5 hours.

If your child is not napping when or as much as you think they "should", the important thing to look at is how well your child is doing on the amount of daytime sleep he or she is getting. If they are active, happy, and playing well, then maybe there is nothing to be concerned about (other than the fact that you are not getting a break yourself -- sorry!). But if your child is clearly tired, doesn't want to play, is irritable, makes unreasonable demands (ok, they all do, let's say more unreasonable than usual), and falls asleep in the evening as soon as their head touches the pillow, these may be signs they need to be sleeping more during the day. In some children, tiredness can disguise itself as hyperactivity. If your child gets completely wild, unruly, or aggressive in the evening, they may be overtired.

If you are in doubt whether your child's napping (or not-napping) is appropriate, or if you need help to help them get the sleep they need, book a consultation today.

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